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Tho_Sun
07-31-2009, 12:02 AM
Hey guys,

I have fun shooting big guns, but times are rough~ On the bright side, I was able to get some grants to help pay for school. So now I want to spend that little money I have left on affordable shooting. I'm looking for any .22lr that can shoot 1 MOA or better at 100 yards. I don't want to buy a rifle and end up having to flip it because I out grew it~ All types are welcome from falling blocks to semis. I was leaning toward a bolt action as they tend to be more accurate out of the box. I don't have too much to spend, but I'm all up for upgrading over time~ Thanks in advance!

professorhard
07-31-2009, 12:04 AM
10/22 is about as "upgradeable" as they come for .22s

FS00008
07-31-2009, 12:07 AM
+1 on 10/22. I like the CZ brand bolt-action .22s. I got 1.5 MOA out of the box with mine when I had it. I doubt it's that hard to up that with little things...

jcaoloveshine
07-31-2009, 12:55 AM
Try a Savage Mk2 bolt.

1moa at 100 yards with 22lr is pretty insane isn't it? Isn't 50 yards usually the standard for 22lr?

blackberg
07-31-2009, 1:30 AM
savage mkII
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Dr. Peter Venkman
07-31-2009, 2:51 AM
Try a Savage Mk2 bolt.

1moa at 100 yards with 22lr is pretty insane isn't it? Isn't 50 yards usually the standard for 22lr?

Yeah, 100 yards for .22 LR is pushing it accuracy wise unless using specific types of ammunition. I'm happy with a grouping the size of the diameter of a coffee mug from that far away with whatever .22 LR ammo I have.

Jonathan Doe
07-31-2009, 5:52 AM
1 moa accuracy for 22LR at 100 yards requires a lot of shooting skills even you have the best rifle.

BSlacker
07-31-2009, 6:34 AM
I have the CZ and the Savage MKll and a tricked out 10/22. The CZ has a Timney trigger and a decent scope with one piece mount. The MKll has the Accutrigger a Ross thumbhole stock and EGW one piece mount. Both will shoot with my tricked out 10/22. The MKll is the value leader. It has lots of factory options the Accutrigger is great.
Shooting 22lr to 100 yards is fun but don't expect much accuracy. Rimfire is best done below 75 yards. :)

Tho_Sun
07-31-2009, 5:47 PM
Thanks guys, I didn't know all that. I was using my buddy's ar in a .22 lr setup nailing clays around 70-100 yards away. I was thinking a bolt could do better. Thanks for the input. I was actually looking for a savage MK II~ Reason would be price! For 300ish, it seems to get most praise~ Again thanks all! Don't be afraid to chime in anyone else~

jcaoloveshine
07-31-2009, 6:33 PM
Yeah at 100 yards 22lr becomes a slave to the wind.

I was shooting an iron sight 22lr in 15mph left-right winds and it was pretty much guesswork.

Jonathan Doe
07-31-2009, 7:18 PM
Yeah at 100 yards 22lr becomes a slave to the wind.

I was shooting an iron sight 22lr in 15mph left-right winds and it was pretty much guesswork.

It may be equivalent to shooting my 308 Win at 600 yards in that wind speed.:cool:

scarville
07-31-2009, 8:07 PM
My personal favorite is the BL-22. I can shoot 1" or less at 50 yards. At 100? I doubt it but how much of that is rifle and how much is me, I don't know. It has a very short dovetail so it's hard to get a scope to fit right but the single ring mount red dot like the Propoint works well and doesn't look bad at all.

hualampeter
07-31-2009, 10:06 PM
Marlin 925R is the way to go got mine for $250 at Big 5 on sale. Usually go for $270 including tax already.

jkchan83
07-31-2009, 10:17 PM
Marlin 925R is the way to go got mine for $250 at Big 5 on sale. Usually go for $270 including tax already.

I really like my Marlin 925, too. Great bolt action 22.

r08ert209cali
08-01-2009, 2:08 AM
Dude 100yds you want a 17hmr. ammo costs more but in a bolt gun 100rds lasts quite a while. reaches out to 300yds and sub moa at 100. look for a marlin or savage should be under $300 out the door another $100 on ammo and another $60-100 on a scope and you are in business. if you dont like same hole groups at 100yds then go with a 22. perhaps a used remington or marlin bolt gun for around $150ish.

I have 2 10/22s one basic synthetic stock an one 10/22T which is very accurate. ever since I got the heavy barrel marlin 17hmr I hardly use the 22s any more.

jcaoloveshine
08-01-2009, 10:51 AM
925R is a great rifle, mine could punch out the NRA logo on a standard 25yd target at 50 yards using Federal bulk.

Back in December 2007 I got it on sale for $192 OTD at Big 5.

CSACANNONEER
08-01-2009, 11:22 AM
Yeah at 100 yards 22lr becomes a slave to the wind.

I was shooting an iron sight 22lr in 15mph left-right winds and it was pretty much guesswork.

Guess work or know how! Reading conditions and wind are always going to be subject to guess work but some people are very very good at "guessing".


Thanks guys, I didn't know all that. I was using my buddy's ar in a .22 lr setup nailing clays around 70-100 yards away. I was thinking a bolt could do better. Thanks for the input. I was actually looking for a savage MK II~ Reason would be price! For 300ish, it seems to get most praise~ Again thanks all! Don't be afraid to chime in anyone else~

+4" clays at 100 yards is over 4moa! ANY decent .22lr should be able to do that with cheap ammo and a good shooter. When I was in college, I found an old Mossberg M42A at a local shop for $75. I did a few things to it and set it up for shooting smallbore silloutte. Off the bench, it was/is capable of consistantly producing < 1moa groups with the ammo it likes best, Win Standard Vel. Super X.

CSACANNONEER
08-01-2009, 11:24 AM
Yeah at 100 yards 22lr becomes a slave to the wind.

I was shooting an iron sight 22lr in 15mph left-right winds and it was pretty much guesswork.

It may be equivalent to shooting my 308 Win at 600 yards in that wind speed.:cool:

Many top 50 shooters say that shooting .22lr at 100 yards is great training for reading conditions and shooting 50s at 1000 yards.

Stealth
08-01-2009, 1:32 PM
1" MOA at 100 yards on a budget is tough.

I agree with the comments, you can have the best .22 LR but you need skill to shoot that consistently at 100 yards.

I know at 50 yards I can get 1" moa on my 10-22 pretty easy. I got the custom sporter (walnut stock, no barrel band) and then I put in a volquartsen action upgrade (trigger, hammer, etc) and a Bushnell scope and after 2000 rounds of practice I am getting 1" moa groups.

I am now shooting 100 yards and I have about a 4-6" drop but I have my scope dialed in for this and watching the wind I am finding I can get 2-3" groups so far. More practice I might see more a 1" group soon.

Nice thing overall is whatever .22 LR you get your ammo cost will be low. You will get 10-20 shots of .22 LR to everyone's 1 shot of their .223 or .308 etc.

This saves you some money and leaves you some beer money :)

Tho_Sun
08-02-2009, 11:08 AM
Hey all,

Thanks all for the tips and comments. Although .17 would be nice to reach out to 300 yards, I think a .22 would be better for me considering most ranges I go to has about 100 yard set ups for paper target. Anything else would be steel but I find it's really hit or miss at 200 yards with a .22. So the verdict is out and I'm looking for a nice savage Mk II now. Thanks all!

Tho_Sun
08-02-2009, 4:19 PM
I was just looking at some prices. Looks like .17mach2 is about 15 cents a round and .22 wmr is about 17 cents a round. Since .22lr is about 50 yards at peak performance, what is the peak for .22 wmr and performance for .17mach2? Thanks for the input guys~

jcaoloveshine
08-02-2009, 4:26 PM
im guessing both would be about 100 yards.

22 WMR is sort of an obsolete round nowadays. You can still hunt or whatever with it but it is outclassed by other cartridges, and unless you hunt small game it is a bit eccentric for paper punching.

I'd just stick to a 22lr. The next logical step up I think would be 223.